Our Mission


At SonShine Christian Preschool & Childcare we believe that children are a gift from God.  Helping them to learn is a divine privilege.  Our mission is to provide a loving and secure environment where children can develop socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually in a Bible-based program run by dedicated, professional staff.  In addition to caring for your child’s every day needs, we strive to academically prepare your child through hands-on curriculum as well as instill Christian values and everyday life skills that will help your child successfully transition into their primary education.

Our Purpose


To offer outstanding childcare to infants and toddlers as they grow and develop.  While implementing age appropriate learning activities that will prepare your child for advancement in developmental milestones and to prepare your preschooler for their entrance into Kindergarten by providing a quality Christ-centered early childhood education using a variety of hands-on learning activities and curriculum. 

Our Licensing


SonShine Christian Preschool & Infant Center are both licensed child care facilities by the State of California.  All of our teachers and aides meet the qualifications specified by the state licensing agency. Our facility number is 243808538 for the preschool & 243809000 for the infant care center.

Community Care Licensing, 1310 E Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710. (559) 243-4588. www.ccld.ca.gov.

Our Program

Ages of children accepted for care

6 weeks – 5 years & After school care for kindergarten-6th grade


Days & Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday ~ 7:30am-5:30pm


770 E. Shaw Avenue, Suite 300

Fresno, CA 93710




  • Mary Gudgel


    Mary Received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Azusa Pacific University in southern California. Mary and her sister, Amy, opened the preschool for First Baptist Church in 2009. She has also completed credential courses at Cal State Stanislaus. Mary is also the Early Childhood Coordinator at First Baptist Church on Sunday mornings. Mary and her husband Brian have two sons and two daughters. Mary’s favorite children’s book is “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and her favorite flavor of ice cream is “anything with chocolate.”

  • Treasure Simone




    Brandy and her husband Carl have two daughters and twin sons. Brandy has completed her core and supervisor classes in Early Childhood Education at Merced College. Brandy has worked in Children’s ministry for over 12 years. Brandy’s favorite children’s author is Dr. Seuss and her favorite flavor of ice cream is Baskin Robbins’ Peppermint.


    One-Year Olds Teacher

    Tiffany is working on her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development. She served in the preschool at First Baptist on Sunday mornings for 1 years. She also works part time at the Merced County Library as a Library Assistant. Her and her husband Justin have one sweet baby girl. Tiffany’s favorite children’s book is “Happy Birthday, Moon” and her favorite flavor of ice cream is French vanilla.



    Brittany is has been working with children at First Baptist Church since 2012. She has a spunky little girl that keeps her on her toes. Brittany’s favorite children’s book is “Love You Forever” and her favorite flavor of ice cream is cookie dough.


    Two-Year Olds Teacher

    Mary is taking courses in Child Development at Merced College. She also supervises the preschool at First Baptist on Sunday mornings. Mary and her husband have two fun loving children. Mary’s favorite children’s book is “Corduroy” and her favorite flavor of ice cream is Strawberry. 

daily schedule

Transitional Kindergarten TK (Kids that turn 5 between September 1 and Dec 31)

Pre K 4 year old (last year before Kindergarten)

Preschool 3 year old

Adventurers (24 months and older)

Explorers (younger than 24 months

Discoverers (6 weeks to 12 months)


This schedule is meant to give you an idea of your child’s day. Actual times and activities may vary depending on the time of the year, weather, age and temperament of the children. Age appropriate activities are scheduled with the flexibility allowed to respond to the needs of each individual child and their various ages.


Preschool, Pre K and TK

7:30-9:00 Arrival/Table Activities/Free Play

9:05-9:15 Morning Meeting

9:15-9:30 Pre-K and TK- Bible Preschool- Phonics

9:30-10:10 Morning Centers - preschool – Language Arts, Handwriting,

Social Studies, Crafts Pre K - :Science, Math, Art, PE,  Life Skills

10:10-10:15 Bathroom break/wash hands for snack

10:15-10:35 Snack

10:35-11:00 Outside Time (weather permitting)

11:00-11:20 Preschool- Bible Pre-K and TK - Phonics

11:20-12:00 Afternoon Centers - Preschool – Science, Math, Art, PE, LifeSkills

Pre-K and TK  - Language Arts, Social Studies, Crafts

12:00-12:30 Lunch/Free Play while waiting for parent pick-up

12:30-1:00 Quiet play- puzzles & books

1:00-2:00 Optional Naptime/ Outside play

1:30-2:00 Bathroom Break/Free Play

2:15-2:50 Art or Game

2:50-3:00 Wash hands for snack

3:00-3:30 Snack

3:30-4:00 Story, Phonics

4:00-4:20 PE

4:20-4:30 Bathroom Break

4:30-5:00 Handwriting and Numbers Groups

4:45 Switch Groups

5:00-5:10 Clean Up Stations

5:10-5:30 Outside Play






7:30 - 9:00 drop-offs, welcome children, free-play activities    
9:00 - 9:30 circle-time (stories, songs, show & tell)

9:30 - 9:50  morning snack, clean-up/wash-up
9:50 - 10:30  preschool worksheets, arts and crafts, and/or music
10:30 - 11:30  outside play-time with gross-motor skills emphasis
11:30 – 12:00  manipulative and computer center choices
12:00 - 1:00  lunch time, clean-up/wash-up, and get on mats
1:00 - 3:00  rest-time and/or quiet-time
3:00 - 3:30 afternoon snack, clean-up/wash-up
3:30 - 4:30 outside play (depending on season)
4:30 - 5:00 science and/or match activities
5:00 - 5:30  pick-ups & free-play choice activities


Throughout each day we practice on reaching, grasping, rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking, climbing, throwing, catching, kicking, cooing and talking; whichever developmental stage your child happens to be in at the time. For a younger child still taking three naps a day, a third nap can be incorporated into their late afternoon schedule.

7:30 - 9:00 drop-offs, welcome children, free-play activities
9:00 - 9:30 story-time, music, song, and dance

9:30 - 9:50  morning snack, clean-up/wash-up
9:50 - 10:45  naptime (depending on age), arts and sensory, learning toys
10:30 - 11:30  outside play-time
11:30 - 12:00  manipulative and table toys center choices
12:00 - 1:00  lunch time, clean-up/wash-up, nestle into cribs
1:00 - 3:00  rest-time and/or quiet-time
3:00 - 3:30 afternoon snack, clean-up/wash-up
3:30 - 4:00  outside Play (depending on season)

4:00 - 4:30  story time, music, song & dance
4:30 - 5:00  block and/or dramatic play
5:00 - 5:30 pick-ups & free-play choice activities



7:30am - 5:30pm cuddles, love, lots of affection, eat, diapers, and sleep.


First Baptist Merced

Sonshine Christian Preschool

500 Buena Vista Drive

Merced, CA 95348


209.383.7729 x 316*






*As our office hours are not regular, please leave a message and someone will contact you within two business days.